The Silkie is a bantam breed with a long history used mainly as an exhibition or pet chicken. Silkies are very broody and make wonderful surrogate hatchers.
Before hybrid broilers and superlayers, authors of poultry books in the early 1900s recommended some chicken breeds that are still prevalent today.
Some of these goat breeds have striking looks, some are great dairy breeds, some are quite small and others are docile so make good companions.
The Plymouth Rock is a versatile heritage-poultry breed, ideal for eggs, meat, temperament, mothering and appearance. Here’s all you need to know.
The emu was big on farms until, well, it wasn’t. What is it about these huge, flightless birds that prevented them from being the next big meat source?
Camels, low-maintenance animals that originated in North America, are cold-hardy and heat-resistant. They produce lots of milk and can be raised for meat and hides. Do they have a future in the American Southwest?
Do you have your heart set on a particular breed of chicks for your flock? Consult one of these sources to help you find what you want.